After an absence of close to 40 years from Prague’s streets, trolleybuses are set to make a return to the streets of the Czech capital.
The Prague Public Transit Company (DPP) is due to start construction on the required electric cables in September, which is expected to take two months to complete. Once the trolleybuses are operating, their route will take them through the neighbourhood of Prosek in the north east of the city.
Buses from several manufactures are set to be tested, with winter chosen due to its harsh driving conditions. The trial phase is due to last a year, although Jan Šurovský, the Technical Director of DPP, has commented that data will be available much sooner.
Plans on how to proceed are anticipated to be made as early as Spring 2018. If the trolleybuses prove successful, then they could soon be appearing in other hilly areas of the city.
An electric bus is currently being trialed elsewhere in the city; its test period is due to end in September.
Image credit: Skoda trolleybus in Bratislava by photobeppus (link is external) under CC BY-SA 2.0.